Urban Country Proves Golden on Chart

It’s Keith Urban week on the country charts, thanks to a new album containing a single that tops Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks for a second consecutive week. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley shows his staying power on the albums chart while Shania Twain continues to rocket up the country singles chart.

Urban’s “Somebody Like You” stays at No. 1 during the same week his second solo album, Golden Road, debuts at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On the all-encompassing Billboard 200, Golden Road also arrives at No. 11 to put it behind only Bon Jovi’s Bounce and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ The Last DJ as the highest-debuting album of the week. With a No. 2 debut the Billboard 200, Bon Jovi was unable to oust Presley’s ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits from the top position. The Presley title also remains at No. 1 on the country albums chart.

On the country singles chart, nothing changes in the top three, with “Somebody Like You” followed by Diamond Rio ’s “Beautiful Mess” and Martina McBride ’s “Where Would You Be.” Climbing one slot each are Alan Jackson ’s “Work in Progress” (to No. 4) and Phil Vassar ’s “American Child” (to No. 5). Montgomery Gentry ’s “My Town” climbs two positions to No. 6, with Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible” dropping three spots to No. 7. Moving upward one slot each are the Dixie Chicks ’ “Landslide” (to No. 8) and Rascal Flatts “These Days” to No. 9. Following a lengthy ride on the chart, Tracy Byrd ’s latest No. 1, “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” is finally on its way out, dropping from No. 7 to No. 10.

Twain’s “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” gets the week’s Airpower designation by leaping to No. 15 on the country singles chart after debuting last week at No. 24. Mark Chesnutt ’s “I Want My Baby Back” landed at No. 53 to become the highest-debuting single of the week. Other debuts include Deana Carter ’s “There’s No Limit” (No. 54) and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” (No. 58). Lee Ann Womack ’s “Forever Everyday,” a track from her Something Worth Leaving Behind album, checks in at No. 59.

On the country albums chart, Presley’s domination at No. 1 holds the Dixie Chicks’ Home to No. 2 for the third straight week. With Urban debuting at No. 3, Toby Keith ’s Unleashed remains at No. 4, LeAnn RimesTwisted Angel goes from No. 5 to No. 3 and Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems slips one notch to No. 6. Remaining at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, are the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and Martina McBride’s Greatest Hits. Travis Tritt ’s Strong Enough falls to No. 9 from No. 6 and Alan Jackson’s Drive spends a second week at No. 10.

Other new entries to the country albums chart include John Michael Montgomery ’s Pictures (No. 13), Pinmonkey ’s self-titled debut (No. 17) and Brooks & Dunn ’s new holiday collection, It Won’t Be Christmas Without You (No. 40).

Calvin Gilbert has served as CMT.com’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.